Taught course

Bar Professional Training LLM

Northumbria University · Faculty of Business and Law

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Entry requirements

Applicants must either have obtained a Qualifying Law Degree, passed the Graduate Diploma in Law or otherwise have satisfied the Bar Standards Board requirements to embark on the vocational stage of training. All students are required to join one of the four Inns of Court before they commence the BPTC.

Bar Course Aptitude Test

Applicants must pass the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT) introduced by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) in 2012. The test is compulsory and requires prospective students to achieve a minimum standard as specified by the BSB.

Months of entry


Course content

This course combines an internationally recognised Masters qualification (LLM) with the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) which is a mandatory course for those who wish to become a barrister in England and Wales.

Compared to our stand-alone BPTC, you will also complete a Masters project that will develop your research expertise, expand your legal knowledge and demonstrate a high level of critical analysis. In an increasingly competitive market, an LLM will differentiate your qualification and enhance your future employability.

Northumbria is the largest law school in the North East region and we do everything we can to give you excellent training for life as a barrister. Teaching at Northumbria takes full account of today’s globally interconnected world and, for each module, you’ll have access to a range of e-learning resources including discussion forums, reading lists and self-evaluative tasks.

By the end of the course you’ll be equipped with skills and knowledge that will be applicable to every day of your working life – not only at the Bar, but across the legal profession, business and politics.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • LLM
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 227 4453